The needs in Larreynaga

It is often a struggle for children in Larreynaga to get a good education. Parents are uninformed about the role of early stimulation in the development of their children, and so children begin school at a disadvantage. Many children do not complete their primary education. There are not enough primary school spaces, and classes are overcrowded with over 50 students per teacher. School buildings are often lack water and sanitation facilities, and teachers do not have sufficient training or teaching resources and materials. It is also difficult for students in the rural areas to get to school, as they often have to travel over 10 km. These obstacles are compounded by the fact that many parents are not taught to value their children's education, and don't know how to support their children at home.

Health Care
Rates of chronic malnutrition in the community are high. Families cannot always provide enough food for their children, and when they do it does not always constitute a well-rounded diet. Many parents do not understand the importance of healthy nutrition. Malnutrition makes children even more vulnerable to opportunistic infections like respiratory illnesses, as well as diarrhea from water related illnesses. Homes are often overcrowded, and families lack knowledge about preventive health care and hygiene practices. Health care centres in the area often lack the supplies and trained personnel needed to provide the most basic primary care.

Water and Sanitation
The community's supply of ground water is diminishing as a result of soil erosion and overuse for the irrigation of crops. In addition, 86% of homes do not have adequate facilities for drinking water and basic sanitation, increasing the risk of infectious diseases, especially diarrhea and parasites. Families often lack knowledge about how to handle water safely and promote sanitation practices.
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Larreynaga's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year

The Larreynaga community takes its name from a municipality in the Department of León. Most families live in small rural settlements, earning their living from subsistence agriculture or small scale production activities. Parents, especially mothers, are often not literate, and lack knowledge in reproductive health knowledge, nutrition, and child development.
  • 423 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 52 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 62 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being               
  • 30 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 314 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 22 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities               
  • 59 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 3 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 75 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 141 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 38 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 18 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Repair and equip schools with furniture and teaching materials. T
  • rain teachers in new, more effective instructional methods.
  • Improve literacy by establishing and equipping reading corners in schools and in remote areas of the community.
  • Train volunteers to support children in reading corners.
  • Create tutoring programs to improve academic performance.
  • Provide life skills training to older students.
  • Establish school gardens where children can learn about agricultural practices, as well as healthy nutrition.
  • Train parents and teachers in early developmental stimulation and establish early stimulation centres.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train children in good hygiene and health practices.
  • Train guide mothers and fathers, as well as health volunteers, in nutrition and growth monitoring.
  • Empower guide parents to pass on their knowledge to parents of malnourished children.
  • Sensitize and train families in good preventive health care, including the importance of immunization, and hygiene.
  • Establish common pot groups where parents of malnourished children gather together to learn to prepare healthy meals using local ingredients.
  • Monitor malnourished children in the community to ensure nutritional recovery.
  • Provide children with vitamin supplements and deworming medicine.
  • Equip health centres with oral rehydration solution to treat diarrhea.
  • Help families of malnourished children establish home gardens by providing agricultural supplies, like seeds, fruit trees, and small animals.

Water and Sanitation
Through partnership with children, families, and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Sensitize and train families in environmental sanitation and safe water handling.
  • Identify and train agricultural promoters in new agricultural techniques that protect the water supply, and empower promoters to pass on their knowledge to community producers.

Explore Larreynaga

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Larreynaga,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.